10 Famous Movie Lines You're Probably Misquoting

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Warner Bros.

From Star Wars to The Silence of the Lambs, there’s a very good chance that you may have been misquoting your favorite movies all along. Don’t worry—you’re not alone. Here are 10 of the most common movie misquotations.

1. "MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL—WHO IS THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL?" // SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)

The jealous Queen’s queries to her magic mirror are a regular occurrence throughout Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, yet somehow many viewers managed to miss what she actually asks that piece of glass: “Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”

2. "BADGES? WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN’ BADGES!"// THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)

The real quote from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is, "Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!"

3. "PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM." // CASABLANCA (1942)

Probably one of the most famous movie quotes of all time never actually happened. Ingrid Bergman's actual quote is, "Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By." And later Humphrey Bogart says, "You played it for her, you can play it for me!"

4. "A MAN'S GOTTA DO WHAT A MAN'S GOTTA DO." // HONDO (1953)

Yeah, it sounds like something John Wayne would say. But he didn't, at least not in those words. In Hondo, The Duke says, "A man oughta do what he thinks is best."

It's also often thought to be from the Alan Ladd movie Shane, but he didn't say it either. There are two similar quotes from that movie, though:

"I couldn't do what I gotta do if I hadn't always knowed that I could trust ya"

"A man has to be what he is."

5. "DO YOU FEEL LUCKY, PUNK?" // DIRTY HARRY (1971)

Well, do ya? Probably not if you thought that quote was accurate. Clint Eastwood really says, "You've got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?"

6. "WE’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT." // JAWS (1975)

Even the most rabid Jaws fan might be guilty of mishearing this line, in part because Brody (Roy Scheider) has got a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, and speaks the line—which is “You’re gonna need a bigger boat”—in a rather shocked state.

7. "LUKE, I AM YOUR FATHER." // THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)

Another insanely famous quote that is wrong: "Luke, I am your father." Darth says it, sure, but not quite like that. He leaves off the "Luke" part and simply says, "No, I am your father."

8. "IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME." // FIELD OF DREAMS (1989)

Though Kevin Costner’s Field of Dreams brings all sorts of legendary ballplayers to his yard, the voice that tells him to build the field only promises a single person. The voice tells him (very clearly): “If you build it, he will come.”

9. "HELLO, CLARICE." // THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)

Dr. Lecter does greet Clarice in The Silence of the Lambs, but his actual words are, "Good evening, Clarice."

10. "LIFE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GONNA GET." // FORREST GUMP (1994)

There are two real sayings from the movie, but not quite that one. Here are the two:

"My momma always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get," said by Forrest.

"Life is like a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you're gonna get," said by Forrest's mom.

10 Amazing Facts About Stan Lee

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Comic book legend Stan Lee’s life was always an open book. The co-creator of some of the greatest superheroes and most beloved stories of all time, Lee—who passed away on November 12 at the age of 95—became just as mythical and larger-than-life as the characters in the panels. In 2015, around the time of Marvel’s 75th anniversary, Lee had the idea to reflect on his own life, as he said, “in the one form it has never been depicted, as a comic book … or if you prefer, a graphic memoir.”

The result, published by the Touchstone imprint of Simon & Schuster in 2015, was Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir—which was written by Lee with Peter David and features artwork by cartoonist and illustrator Colleen Doran. Here are 10 things we learned about Lee.

1. HIS WIFE WAS ALSO HIS BARBER.

As a bit of a throwaway fact, Stanley Martin Lieber (Stan Lee) revealed the secret of his slicked back mane on the second page of his memoir. “My whole adult life, I’ve never been to a barber,” he wrote. “Joanie always cuts my hair.”

2. HIS CONFIDENCE CAME FROM HIS MOTHER.

Lee wrote that as a child he loved to read books by Mark Twain, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and others, and his mother often watched him read: “I probably got my self-confidence from the fact that my mother thought everything I did was brilliant.”

3. YOUNG STAN LEE WROTE OBITUARIES.

Before writing about the fantastic lives of fictional characters, Lee wrote antemortem obituaries for celebrities at an undisclosed news office in New York. He said that he eventually quit that job because it was too “depressing.”

4. CAPTAIN AMERICA WAS HIS FIRST BIG BREAK.

A week into his job at Timely Comics, Lee got the opportunity to write a two-page Captain America comic. He wrote it under the pen name Stan Lee (which became his legal name) and titled it "Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge." His first full comic script would come in Captain America Issue 5, published August 1, 1941.

5. HE WROTE TRAINING FILMS FOR THE ARMY WITH DR. SEUSS.

After being transferred from the army’s Signal Corps in New Jersey, Lee worked as a playwright in the Training Film Division in Queens with eight other men, including a few who went on to be very famous: Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan, cartoonist Charles Addams (creator of The Addams Family), director Frank Capra (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [1939] and It’s a Wonderful Life [1946]) and Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

6. HE DEFIED THE COMICS CODE AUTHORITY WITH AN ANTI-DRUG COMIC.

In 1971, Lee received a letter from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare asking him to put an anti-drug message in one of his books. He came up with a Spider-Man story that involved his best friend Harry abusing pills because of a break-up. The CCA would not approve the story with their seal because of the mention of drugs, but Lee convinced his publisher, Martin Goodman, to run the comic anyway.

7. AN ISSUE AT THE PRINTERS TURNED THE HULK GREEN.

The character was supposed to be gray, but according to Lee, the printer had a hard time keeping the color consistent. “So as of issue #2,” Lee wrote, “with no explanation, he turned green.”

8. HIS WIFE DESTROYED HIS PRIZED TYPEWRITER.

According to Lee, during an argument, Joanie destroyed the typewriter he used to write the first issues for characters including Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four. “This happened before eBay," he wrote. "Too bad. I could’ve auctioned the parts and made a mint.”

9. A FIRE DESTROYED HIS INTERVIEWS AND LECTURES.

When Lee moved his family to Los Angeles, he set up a studio in Van Nuys where he stored videotapes of his talks and interviews, along with a commissioned bust of his wife. The building was lost to a blaze that the fire department believed was arson, but no one was ever charged with the crime.

10. HIS FAVORITE MARVEL FILM CAMEO WAS BASED ON ONE FROM THE COMICS.

Beginning with the first Spider-Man film in 2002, Stan Lee has made quick cameos in Marvel films as a service to the fans. He said that his appearance in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) was inspired by the story of Reed and Sue Richards’ wedding in Fantastic Four Annual Volume 1 #3, in which he and artist/writer Jack Kirby attempt to crash the ceremony but are thwarted.

A version of this story ran in 2015.

JK Rowling Reveals the Sweet Reason Why She Wrote Fantastic Beasts

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Angela Weiss, AFP/Getty Images

With the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald just a week away, ​JK Rowling is reflecting on her time writing the book that inspired the first film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and why she decided to expand on the Wizarding World she had created with the Harry Potter series.

While on the red carpet for the premiere of ​The Crimes of Grindelwald in Paris last week, Rowling spoke about how appreciative she is of the Harry Potter fandom that allows her to keep writing books and films. She also revealed the reason why she wanted to continue past the original series and write these movies: Potterheads!

"This fandom is the most remarkable in the world, for me, obviously," Rowling said. "Their loyalty and their passion for these stories really is the reason that I went back, because, without that, I don’t think I would have written these movies."

So there you have it, Potterheads: you really have yourselves to thank for the ​Potter universe's continued expansion. Keep it up and maybe Rowling will keep giving us more. In the meantime, Fantastic Beasts 2 hits theaters on November 16.

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